Humanities skills are still important today

Humanities skills are still important today

Jordan Farist Advertising Manager

STEM majors are sweeping the nation these days.

So many employers will tell you that you need a degree in technology or science to make money after you receive a bachelor’s degree. What they aren’t telling you is that with-out humanities you won’t be able to weigh different sides to an opinion when completing experiments. We weigh evidence with doubt and skepticism until it’s proven right or wrong. These are skills we learn in humanities classes.

According to Curt Rice, President of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, over two-thirds of humanities majors end up with jobs in the private sector, meaning money is made for the sake of profit and not for the state. In these kinds of jobs, you’re more likely to leave with more money.

Rice also notes, 60% of U.S. chief executive officers have degrees with a humanities focus. CEOs need to be able to think creatively and logically in order to run a business efficiently. These skills are provided by taking humanities classes in which you learn empathy, creative thinking and the ability to analyse and solve complex problems.

According to statistics found at 4humanities.org, you use aspects of the humanities in numerous jobs and employers plead for people to have effective oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and the ability to connect ethical decisions to the choices they make in day-to-day life.

Critics have so many nega-tive things to say about the humanities. They claim they have no purpose in school, that resources should not be spent on the study of human condition, and graduates from humanities are not immediately employable.

If resources were spent on humanities with just half as much fervor as a science class, more students would graduate with a broader understanding of different cultures and languages. It’s important that we keep the world creative and open-min